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From high-end wine tastings, to book launches for Australia’s most significant political authors - events at the National Press Club always make news.

Our program of speciality events has something for everyone. Enjoy the Club with friends and family, celebrate special occasions or simply enjoy an evening out together as you participate in masterclasses, live music and one-of-a-kind experiences. 

Upcoming Events

Wayne Kelly

Happy Hour: 5pm - 6:30pm
Oyster Bar: 5pm - 7pm

Date: Thursday 13 MayTime: Live music 6pm - 8:30pmLocation: The National Press Club of Australia

Greg Stott Trio

Happy Hour: 5pm - 6:30pm
Oyster Bar: 5pm - 7pm

Date: Friday 14 MayTime: Live music 6pm - 8:30pmLocation: The National Press Club of Australia

Sam Sly

Happy Hour: 5pm - 6:30pm
Oyster Bar: 5pm - 7pm

Date: Thursday 20 MayTime: Live music 6pm - 8:30pmLocation: The National Press Club of Australia

Meet The Chiefs - Digital Transformation Agency

Meet The Chiefs enables industry to receive briefings directly from Government, Service and Departmental Chiefs.


Randall Brugeaud

Randall Brugeaud was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Digital Transformation Agency on 1 July 2018.

Before his appointment, Randall spent almost 30 years working in a range of public and private sector roles, with a focus on transformation.

His public sector experience has spanned large, medium and small organisations and his private sector experience includes more than a decade working with the Boston Consulting Group and a private IT consulting firm, which he founded and operated.

Most recently Randall was Deputy Australian Statistician and Chief Operating Officer at the Australian Bureau of Statistics and before that, Chief Information Officer at the former Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Randall holds a Master of Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Computing and a Bachelor of Education degree. He is also a Senior Executive Fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School.


For table and sponsorship bookings, email: chris.stephens@glengarryadvisory.com.au 

Date: Friday 21 MayTime: Coffee/tea and Registration starts at 11.00am in the National Circuit level lobbyLocation: National Press Club of Australia

Lachlan Coventry and Greg Stott

Happy Hour: 5pm - 6:30pm
Oyster Bar: 5pm - 7pm

Date: Friday 21 MayTime: Live music 6pm - 8:30pmLocation: The National Press Club of Australia

Book Launch: 'Mutineers, A True Story of Heroes and Villains'

 A mutiny on the flagship of the Royal Australian Navy in Fremantle just over one hundred years ago led by five young working class sailors from Sydney and Melbourne sparked one of the most controversial military, legal and diplomatic incidents in the early years of our nation’s history.

The mutiny highlighted the complex issues that arose from Admiralty control of the Australian fleet during wartime and the political difficulties of intervention in military disciplinary matters. It also highlighted the need for reforms in the way the navy dealt with sailor complaints.

The incident provided an opportunity to address these issues but it would require deft military, political and diplomatic management to avoid an embarrassing public rift between the Australian Government, its military leaders and diplomats in Britain.

Our military and political leaders should have drawn key lessons from the incident but the Great Depression meant there was insufficient political heat for reform of post-war military processes.  This would leave a future Australian Government exposed to the same complex command and control issues in the Second World War when another controversial military incident occurred.

‘Mutineers, A True Story of Heroes and Villains’, released by Wilkinson Publishing in April 2021 deals with the complex military, political and diplomatic issues behind the mutiny and its aftermath in 1919.  The book also tells then personal and sometimes tragic human-interest story about the five young mutineers.

Dark Secrets, A true Story of Murder in HMAS Australia’, released by Wilkinson Publishing in October 2020, deals with the military, legal and diplomatic fallout arising from a murder on HMAS Australia in March 1942. It also tells how Labor Attorney General, Bert Evatt, used the incident to adopt the Statute of Westminster and gain legal independence for Australia from Great Britain.

Book via the Eventbrite page, or email coordinator@npc.org.au.


Speaker: Rear Admiral James Goldrick AO, CSC is Australia’s leading naval historian and analyst of contemporary naval and maritime affairs. He is a retired senior officer of the Royal Australian Navy who commanded HMAS Sydney, HMAS Cessnock, the Australian Surface Task Group in the Persian Gulf and the Australian Defence Force Academy. He is a Fellow of the Sea Power Centre in Canberra, an Adjunct Professor at the University of NSW and the ANU and is a Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong.

James Goldrick

Author: Robert Hadler is an award winning economics and political journalist in the Canberra Press Gallery, who also worked in the Commonwealth Public Service as well as industry groups and major companies. Since 2015, Robert has been a non-executive director on Government, commercial and not-for-profit boards. He is passionate about Australian history and in particular controversial events that sparked military, legal and political challenges for the nation.

Robert Hadler

Date: Wednesday 26 MayTime: 5:30pm for 5:45pm start, until 7:15pmLocation: The National Press Club of Australia

Jess High

Happy Hour: 5pm - 6:30pm
Oyster Bar: 5pm - 7pm

Date: Thursday 27 MayTime: Live music 6pm - 8:30pmLocation: The National Press Club of Australia

Leisa Keen & John Mackey

Happy Hour: 5pm - 6:30pm
Oyster Bar: 5pm - 7pm

Date: Friday 28 MayTime: Live music 6pm - 8:30pmLocation: The National Press Club of Australia

Meet The Chiefs - Chief of Joint Capabilities

Meet The Chiefs enables industry to receive briefings directly from Government, Service and Departmental Chiefs.


Vice Admiral Jonathan Mead, AO RAN

Vice Admiral Mead joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1984. On completion of initial training, he commenced Mine Clearance Diving and Explosive Ordnance training; and served as Executive Officer of Clearance Diving Team One.  In 1993, he trained as a Principal Warfare Officer, which was followed by sea postings as the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer of HMA Ships Melbourne and Arunta, and Executive Officer of HMAS Arunta

In 2005, Vice Admiral Mead assumed the position as Commanding Officer of the frigate HMAS Parramatta. He saw active service in the North Arabian Gulf as part of Operation Catalyst, with the ship’s efforts recognised with a Meritorious Unit Citation and in 2007, and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his exceptional service in warlike conditions.  During 2007, Vice Admiral Mead undertook studies at the National Defence College of New Delhi and was appointed Australia’s Defence Adviser to the Republic of India.

In 2010, Vice Admiral Mead returned to Canberra to take up the position as Director Naval Personnel Policy. Following his promotion to Commodore in July 2011, he deployed to Bahrain as Commander of Combined Task Force 150 (Maritime Counter Terrorism) on Operation Slipper, and was awarded a Commendation for Distinguished Service.

On promotion to Rear Admiral in January 2015, he spent the next three years as the Head of Navy Capability in Canberra.  From January 2018 to November 2020, Vice Admiral Mead served as Commander of the Australian Fleet. In June 2020, Vice Admiral Mead was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia for his service to the Royal Australian Navy in senior management and command roles. Upon promotion to Vice Admiral in November 2020, he assumed the position as Chief of Joint Capabilities and Command of Joint Capabilities Group.

Vice Admiral Mead holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations, a Master’s Degree in Management, and a PhD in International Relations. Vice Admiral Mead has published a book on Indian national security.


For table and sponsorship bookings, email: chris.stephens@glengarryadvisory.com.au 

Date: Thursday 24 JuneTime: Coffee/tea and Registration starts at 11.00am in the National Circuit level lobbyLocation: National Press Club of Australia

Meet The Chiefs - Defence Secretary & Chief of the Defence Force

Meet The Chiefs enables industry to receive briefings directly from Government, Service and Departmental Chiefs.


Mr Greg Moriarty

Mr Moriarty commenced as Secretary of the Department of Defence on 4 September 2017.

Mr Moriarty first worked in Defence from 1986 to 1995, primarily in the Defence Intelligence Organisation. He also served in the Headquarters of the United States Central Command in the Persian Gulf during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Prior to his appointment as the Secretary of Defence, Mr Moriarty held senior roles in the Prime Minister's office, first as the International and National Security Adviser and then as Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

In June 2015 Mr Moriarty was appointed Commonwealth Counter-Terrorism Coordinator in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Mr Moriarty was responsible for coordinating and implementing Australia's counter-terrorism arrangements, in close partnership with the States and Territories.

Mr Moriarty has extensive experience within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Mr Moriarty served in a number of senior roles, including as Deputy Secretary (2015), Ambassador to Indonesia (2010-2014), First Assistant Secretary, Consular Public Diplomacy and Parliamentary Affairs Division (2009-2010), Assistant Secretary, Parliamentary and Media Branch (2008-2009), Ambassador to Iran (2005-2008), Assistant Secretary, Maritime South East Asia Branch (2002-2005), and as the Senior Negotiator with the Peace Monitoring Group on Bougainville.​

Mr Moriarty holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours from the University of Western Australia and a Masters Degree in Strategic and Defence Studies from the Australian National University. He is married with two children. Mr Moriarty has studied Indonesian and Tok Pisin.
 

General Angus J. Campbell, AO, DSC 

General Angus Campbell joined the Australian Army in 1981, graduating from the Royal Military College - Duntroon in 1984. He was assigned to the Royal Australian Infantry Corps and initially served as a platoon commander in the 3rd Battalion (Parachute), The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR).

He then served in troop and squadron command appointments within the Special Air Service Regiment. In 2001 he was appointed the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR). While in command, the battalion group deployed to East Timor, as a component of the United Nations Transitional Administration East Timor.

General Campbell has also served in a range of staff appointments including as Aide-de-Camp to the Chief of Army, as a strategic policy officer in Army Headquarters, an instructor at the Australian Command and Staff College and as Chief of Staff to the Chief of the Defence Force.

In late 2005, he joined the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet as a First Assistant Secretary to head the Office of National Security and was subsequently promoted to Deputy Secretary and appointed to the position of Deputy National Security Adviser. In these roles he was responsible for the preparation of advice to the Prime Minister on national security matters and coordinating the development of whole-of-government national security policy.

Upon his return to the Australian Defence Force in early 2010 he was appointed to the rank of Major General and led the Military Strategic Commitments staff in Defence headquarters until January 2011, when he assumed command of Australian forces deployed in the Middle East Area of Operations. He subsequently served as Deputy Chief of Army from February 2012 to September 2013, when he was promoted to Lieutenant General to command the Joint Agency Task Force responsible for the implementation of Operation Sovereign Borders.

On 16 May 2015, he was appointed Chief of the Australian Army. General Campbell was subsequently promoted and appointed to command of the Australian Defence Force on 7 July 2018.

General Campbell holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of New South Wales, a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from Cambridge University and he is a graduate of the Australian Army Command and Staff College.

General Campbell’s hobbies include hiking, distance running, military history and gardening. He is married to Stephanie and they have two adult children.

EOS

 


*National Press Club Car Park and Member’s Door access code will be emailed to registered attendees.

For table and sponsorship bookings, email: chris.stephens@glengarryadvisory.com.au 

Date: Thursday 15 JulyTime: Coffee/tea and Registration starts at 12.00pm in the National Circuit level lobby Location: National Press Club of Australia

Meet The Chiefs - Deputy Secretary CASG & First Assistant Secretary Defence Industry Policy

 

Meet The Chiefs enables industry to receive briefings directly from Government, Service and Departmental Chiefs.


Anthony (Tony) Fraser AO, CSC Deputy Secretary CASG

Tony Fraser leads the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) in the Department of Defence.

Tony has extensive experience spanning the defence, industry and commercial sectors and working with Government. His most recent appointment was Managing Director of Airbus Australia Pacific.

Tony completed 34 years of service in the Australian Army and reached the rank of Major General. He has 5500 military flying hours, mostly on helicopters, and achieved an A1 flying instructor rating.

During his 6 years in the then-Defence Materiel Organisation, he led the team assisting David Mortimer in his review of Defence Procurement and Sustainment.

In addition to his military career courses, Tony Fraser is a graduate of the Harvard Business School. He has been recognised as an Officer in the Order of Australia and a Conspicuous Service Cross. He has two grown daughters, Katelin and Sarah.
 

Dr Peter Sawczak, First Assistant Secretary Defence Industry Policy

Dr Peter Sawczak was appointed First Assistant Secretary, Defence Industry Policy Division at the Australian Department of Defence, in July 2020. Prior to this, he served as Assistant Secretary Major Powers and Assistant Secretary Strategic Policy. In 2019, he conducted a major review of defence policy and planning guidance that produced the 2020 Defence Strategic Update.

Dr Sawczak was Head of Political Affairs at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague 2013-16, where he led the OPCW’s diplomatic engagement and communications strategies, including for the mission to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons.

Prior to the OPCW, Dr Sawczak enjoyed a wide-ranging career at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which included postings to Washington, Brussels and Moscow. He also served as international security adviser to the Minister for Foreign Affairs and as Director of Counter-Proliferation at DFAT, where he was closely engaged in the establishment of the Proliferation Security Initiative.

Dr Sawczak holds a PhD in Slavic Studies from Monash University.


* Support speakers to be advised closer to the event.

For table and sponsorship bookings, email: chris.stephens@glengarryadvisory.com.au 

Date: Friday 12 NovemberTime: Coffee/tea and Registration starts at 11.00am in the National Circuit level lobbyLocation: National Press Club of Australia

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